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As Shutdown Talks Stall, Hardship Spreads to Federal Workers & Vulnerable Populations

28 days into what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, more and more Americans are being negatively impacted, but the Trump administration has refused to back down from their demand that any spending bill passed by Congress include $5.7 billion in funding for the President's border wall.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 18, 2019


Out of Options, Congress Prepares for a "Trump Shutdown"

With only a week remaining for members of Congress to pass 7 appropriations bills and avert a partial government shutdown that would furlough hundreds of thousands of workers and potentially disrupt funding for federal programs, Congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle are seemingly out of ideas on how to deal with President Trump and his insistence on $5 billion for his border wall that Democrats are determined not to give him.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 14, 2018


As Congress Avoids Another Shutdown, the Fate of HIV Housing Money Remains Uncertain

Both the House and the Senate passed a 2-week continuing resolution to fund the federal government at Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels through December 21st, avoiding a partial government shutdown. Unlike last December, when Congress approved a continuing resolution for the entirety of the federal government’s spending, this year they only had to pass a CR for 7 of the year’s 12 spending bills.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 07, 2018


Amidst Chaos, Congress Quietly Makes Progress on Opioid Legislation and Appropriations

Earlier this week, House and Senate negotiators came to a final agreement on a package of bills primarily aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and, to a lesser extent, the epidemic levels of substance use and overdose in the country as a whole. At the same time, legislators have also made historic strides in the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 28, 2018


In Congress, Bipartisan Cooperation Prevails on Appropriations Measures

The appropriations process for fiscal year 2019 has stayed surprisingly on track, with legislators achieving nearly unprecedented bipartisan work to fund the federal government before a potential October 1st shutdown.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 21, 2018


Congressional Update

It’s been an eventful week on the Hill, with legislators working to beat the clock on a number of time-sensitive pieces of legislation. Check out an update on various congressional actions below.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, September 14, 2018


What To Expect From Congress in September

With summer having come to a close on labor day and the September 30th fiscal years end trailing right behind it, we are entering the last handful of weeks of possible congressional action ahead of the midterm elections. In this short window Congress will seek to score goodwill with the electorate before ballots are cast by funding the government beyond the end of the month despite the president indicating he is ok with a shutdown, by negotiating a deal on trade, and pushing forward the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 07, 2018


The Senate Moves Forward on Major Appropriations Package

On Thursday evening, after several days of debate, Senators passed a major appropriations package that includes spending levels for fiscal year 2019 for the Departments of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (“Defense/L-HHS”). The minibus combines the disparate programs and agencies into what Senators hope will be a “must-pass” bill immune to a veto from President Trump.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 24, 2018


While the House is Away, the Senate Continues Work

Despite Representatives being out on their August recess and with only Senators on the Hill, this week has seen impressive progress on fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations, judicial nominations, defense spending, and the contentious and partisan Farm Bill. While all legislation currently being considered has political significance connected to the midterm elections coming up in November, Senate appropriators are moving particularly quickly to fund the government before a potential Oct. 1 shutdown.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 17, 2018


Washington Gears Up for an Unusually Active August

This August in Washington D.C. is gearing up to be much busier than in previous years as some legislators stay in town through their usual summer recess and the Administration continues advancing their policy agendas through regulatory actions. As we approach the September 30 deadline to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, the House adjourns for recess as the Senate hunkers down for what GOP Senate leaders hope to be a productive month.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 03, 2018

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